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  1. #1
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    why does google want link to mobile site on desktop site

    in this article the author says that...

    "When using alternative URLs for mobile, Google would like... use of the link alternate tag on desktop pages pointing to the mobile version of the URL."

    if i understand correctly, they're saying that i should put a link on my desktop site to the mobile site. is that correct? if so, why would they want that? if its not correct, what are they trying to say that i'm not understanding?

    please advise. thanks in advance!

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    You are referring to the third option Google would accept when there are multiple versions of a website. It wants us to use a "link canonical tag" in the <head> of the home page of the mobile version, pointing to the desktop version. See here for easy-to-understand information about this tag: http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/canonical-link-tag/ (It's not about just making a link on the page for someone to click on.)

    The site you refer to gives an example of linking to the mobile site with a "link alternate tag." (Again, this is not a link a user clicks on.)

    The purpose of the page was to tell you how you can help Google to search your pages efficiently, so this is good information to know if you have two web sites, one for desktop, and one for mobile.

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